The SCB Oceania Section hosts regional conferences every two years, with the conference location rotating between Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

Our next regional conference will be in 2020. We are currently in the process of selecting the location, which will be somewhere in the Pacific Islands. Details will be announced soon!

In 2019, SCB Oceania are proud to be supporting the 3rd Student Conference on Conservation Science – Australia, which will be held at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, on July 3-10. Find out more here.

About our conferences

Our conferences bring together the community of conservation professionals from across our region to address conservation challenges and present new findings, initiatives, methods, tools and opportunities in conservation science and practice. We invite scientists, students, managers, decision-makers, writers, and other conservation professionals to participate.

Whilst our conferences are typically smaller than ICCB’s, we pride ourselves on having a fun and friendly atmosphere, with plenty of opportunities to network and socialise with your colleagues. Travel awards are available to support students and participants from developing countries.

Our conferences feature: plenary speakers; symposia; poster sessions; workshops and short courses (past topics have included: Understanding and engaging with conservation policy; R programming for conservation scientists, Introduction to small Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Natural Resource Management and Invasive Species Target Detection; How to give a great conference presentation; social events (including welcome mixers, conference dinners, early morning bird walks and evening sessions open to the public); and of course, field trips!

We are committed to hosting sustainable events that minimise our environmental impact, and have a sustainability policy in place for our conferences, which includes waste reduction, ethical & sustainable food options, and the option for attendees to make a carbon and biodiversity offset donation.

Past SCBO Conferences

Our regional conferences are held in the off years between SCB’s International Congress for Conservation Biology.

2018Wellington, New Zealand “Conservation in a changing world” #SCBO2018
2016Brisbane, QLD Australia “Bridging Divides: Science meets action, water meets land” #SCBO2016
2014Suva, Fiji “Resilient Island Ecosystems and Communities” #SCBO2014
2012 – Darwin, NT Australia “People and Conservation in Land and Sea Country”
2011 –  Auckland, New Zealand “Engaging Society in Conservation” (ICCB co-hosted with SCB global)
2007 – Sydney, NSW Australia “The Biodiversity Extinction Crisis: An Australasian and Pacific Response”